Weird Commercials from Back in the Day #3

Before karaoke, there was Mr. Microphone.

This is a classic commercial from the 1970s.  Ronco was to the 70s as the various “As Seen on TV” items from Telebrands are to this decade.   I’m not sure if it’s politically correct to laugh at 0:23 or not.  I know that you wouldn’t see it now. This is probably the most famous of the Ronco/K-Tel mail order TV products.  The commercial was parodied on an episode of the Simpsons (The one where Bart drops the microphone down the well and convinces everyone that a boy named Timmy was trapped down there.)


Weird Commercials From Back In The Day-Episode 2

Today on Weird Commercials from Back in the Day, we travel back to the 1970s, the decade that good taste forgot and ten of the most impressionable years of my life.  Being exposed to some of this weirdness has molded me into the warped little monkey I am today.


Green screen technology was invented for the sole purpose of showing a grown man boating in my toilet tank.


Weird Ads from “Back In the Day” #1

Welcome to the first installment of “Weird Ads from Back in the Day”, where I give you some weird old ads I found on You Tube.  Today’s episode is all about some odd ads from the 1960s.  I was born in 1970, so kids, I am just as baffled as you are.

The first ad is on old ad for General Mills “Country Corn Flakes” which feature some very odd mutant farm animals, the couple from the American Gothic painting begging you to please buy their cornflakes, and arguably the hookiest jingle ever.

Our next ad for Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head isn’t weird.  But if your parents or grandparents ever told you that in their day, Mr. Potato Head was a real potato, they weren’t kidding.  In my day, Mr. Potato Head was the plastic toy we all know and love.

This next ad is for a contraption called the “Swing Wing”.   A more appropriate name for this would be the Whiplash Master 5000.   Years later, people would be doing this same motion at heavy metal concerts, only without the aid of a dorky looking beanie.

In spite of the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act being passed in the 1960s, blatant racism was a-ok in TV commercials.    Watch this and cringe.

I’m not sure how a screeching howler monkey taunting this lion would get me to buy this cereal.   And are they on a fire base in ‘Nam?

It’s a Sloppy-a-Joe-Go!  Features a lame attempt at forcing a dance craze and some slang into the vernacular of the day.

And finally, if you’re a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, here is the origin of the “I thought you were Dale” riff.  Mrs. Burke is the original cougar.